Brantwood in Coniston was home to John Ruskin from 1872 until 1900. It is one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District, enjoying spectacular lake and mountain views.
Born in 1819, Ruskin became one of the greatest thinkers of the Victorian era, perhaps best known for his defence of JMW Turner. He was a man of genius and vision, a painter and poet in his own right as well as one of the most influential social and environmental theorists. Many great thinkers have been profoundly shaped by Ruskin’s ideas including Tolstoy, Gandhi and Proust.
His ideas inspired the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. The legacy of John Ruskin is felt and seen every day – influencing the formation of the National Trust, Art Fund, NHS and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
Today Brantwood preserves Ruskin’s legacy, but also strives to promote the relevance of Ruskin’s ideas in society today. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident and with a range of contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events Brantwood continues in the Ruskin tradition today.
Not just a house, Brantwood’s historical Lakeland estate comprises 250 acres, with remarkable jewel-like garden islands created by John Ruskin and his cousin Joan Severn. Beautiful in all seasons with spectacular views across Coniston water to the fells. Situated in Ruskin’s former coach house Brantwood’s restaurant the Terrace offers a unique combination of sublime scenery, cultural heritage and casual coffee house culture.